If you are like most people, you have probably heard a ton of scary stories about traveling. However, most of them could have been avoided simply through solid planning. Follow the tips mentioned in this article and you should be able to plan a great vacation.

When traveling to other countries, pack bottled water. Drinking water in a foreign country can lead to stomach problems. Bottled water is important even for tooth brushing purposes. It is possible to get sick from using the water when brushing your teeth.

The vast sand dunes and exotic animals and plants are something you likely couldn’t experience anywhere else. The first time you visit the desert, you are sure to be awed by the vast expanses of open space and the breathtaking austerity and majesty. The desert is definitely a mustn’t miss destination.

TIP! When traveling, it is vital that you have all the required visas to pass from country to country. There is more than one kind of visa; if you do not have the correct one, you may not be able to enter your destination country.

Even when on long flights, never assume the airline will provide everything you need. A flight is often more comfortable when you bring along comfort items; such as a blanket, a pillow or your own set of headphones. You should also think about bringing some snacks with you.

Before getting off the cruise in a port city find yourself a hotel with free parking. Ask the hotel’s staff when it comes to parking deals even though none are published.

Try exercising prior to flying. This will help you avoid the tediousness of long flights. Having to remain seated in one position that long can give you cramps in your back and legs. Stretching beforehand, or doing some quick warm-up routines can help keep aches and leg cramps at bay.

TIP! When traveling abroad, make sure to have a small amount of local currency on hand when you arrive. It can be difficult to get local currency after hours, which can be a problem depending on when you arrive.

When you are traveling in unfamiliar locations, be sure to watch for scammers posing as government officials trying to take advantage of you. Do not let anyone have your personal documents, such as your passport or license. If they want you to come with them to a police station, make sure that you walk there. Don’t enter a vehicle with a local you don’t know.

When you plan to stay in a hotel, bring some candles along. Candles can really improve the aroma of a room. The smells can be relaxing, the lighting romantic and it can help you feel more at ease in an unfamiliar hotel room. There are many candle options available that are small and the wax is contained to prevent wax from causing damage.

If you are going to travel, make certain that you have made copies of all of your important documents. You will want to keep your passport copies, insurance, and other miscellaneous documents in separate places then the ones you will have with you. Leave another set of copies with someone you trust in case something happens to your copies.

TIP! Do not waste your time wrapping any gifts when you plan to travel via an airplane. Since the TSA needs to be able to see every item you have when they do their inspection, they may have to unwrap the gift you had just wrapped before packing your suitcase.

Learn the language about food if you are going to a foreign country, so that you can ask servers about ingredients in the food that cause you to have allergic reactions. If you have food allergies, you should familiarize yourself with the foreign language names of your allergies. This will allow you to communicate to others what foods you are trying to avoid.

If the site you are using offers an online tracking feature, use it. It updates you on the cheapest travel rates. You will get an alert by email if the flight you want or have already booked has dropped in price.

For a fun day trip or a last-minute weekend getaway, don’t assume you need to hop on a plane. You can have a really good time going on a day trip within the state you reside in or a neighboring state. Staying local allows you to save money while benefiting your own local economy. You could be pleasantly surprised when you uncover a local gem.

TIP! Getting to your destination and finding out your bags did not make it can be scary, but avoid panicking. Ask any airport official where the lost luggage office is; have your documents from the flight and identification cards handy and fill out the appropriate paperwork.

If you have children traveling with you, make sure you have a current, color photo of them with you, in the event they become lost. Losing a child in a foreign place can be very stressful and scary. Sometimes these kinds of things happen. Having a photo on you to share with authorities could mean the difference in whether or not your child is found quickly.

Purchasing tickets online and printing them at home can be a real time saver, so look into this option if you are planning on seeing a specific attraction or amusement park. You might have to pay a little extra for the convenience, but you won’t have to bother with long lines when you get to the attraction. If the park you are visiting has a timed entry, you can skip admission lines too.

Always be kind, and tip your bell waiter and housekeeper daily. This will make your stay much more pleasant. A good rule of thumb is $1 per bag/luggage and about $2-5 a day for housekeeping. You will have a better relationship with them when you are staying at the hotel.

TIP! Do not exchange the currency when you get there, but do it before you leave. Try getting foreign currency at a bank ATM.

Before you travel, make a list of what you will pack. Your list should be made well in advance (7-30 days) and should include all of your necessities. Creating a list is a great way to stay organized, and even if you procrastinate, it will be useful to get packing done quickly.

Be sure to pre-plan your trip if an airport is involved in your travels. It can be difficult navigating traffic in big cities, where many airports are located. Dealing with rush hour traffic will only make it worse. Make sure to have your luggage packed and waiting on the night before you leave. Prepare ahead so that you are not rushed when you need to get to your flight. Missing a flight is a horrible experience that you never want to go through.

When packing your bags for a trip, you should roll your clothing instead of trying to fold it. This will save a great deal of space in your luggage. When you arrive at your destination, you are free to take them out and fold them when you put them into the drawers, if you so desire. This should really cut down on the baggage you need to take on your trip.

TIP! A little research before hand about the laws and customs of the place you are visiting, can save you from a possibly embarrassing situation. There’s a slight possibility you could do something illegal without even knowing, which can cause many problems on your travels.

For the best exchange rates on currency, wait to change your money until you arrive on your vacation. If you can’t find somewhere to exchange your money right away once you reach your destination, exchange just a bit of money before leaving, and exchange the rest once you have found a currency exchange.

If you wear them, have an extra pair of eyeglasses with you when you travel. This provides with a spare pair if your current pair breaks on the plane. You may not want to keep them in your carry on bag, in case something happens to that bag while traveling.

If you are planning a trip to a foreign country, the first step is to check their visa requirements. Sometimes visas can take a long time to process so it is best to apply for one a long time before you are due to travel. Keep in mind that you can’t enter some countries without a valid visa.

TIP! Don’t forget to pack your child’s car seat when you hire a rental car. You may not be able to get quality car seats at the rental office, so plan to bring your own just in case.

Don’t bring extra valuables that you don’t need. The more items you have with you, the chance will be higher that you will leave one behind, or an item gets stolen.

Try to rotate drivers often when traveling. By driving until you’re too tired, the next driver will not have anyone to talk to during the trip as you sleep. Never drive to the point of exhaustion. It is much better to give each driver a two or three hour shift. This way, you will not get too tired to drive safely.

Sign up for each airline’s e-newsletter. Those publications will ensure you are aware of current discounts and deals as well as last-minute offers. Even though these e-newsletters can contribute to the congestion in your inbox, the money they can save you is well worth it.

TIP! You can survive a red-eye flight using sleeping pills. People often have difficulty sleeping on planes due to small spaces, aircraft noises, and fellow passengers.

Make sure that your passports are valid. Most countries have passport regulations with which you must comply. If your passport is expired or close to expiring, some countries won’t allow you to enter. These periods usually range anywhere from a year to three months.

It is important to purchase a voltage converter if you will be traveling outside the United States. These can be purchased at electronics stores or travel stores before your trip. If you wait to buy one while you are traveling, you will probably pay much more money than you would have at home.

When traveling, a contact case can come in handy. These can serve as compact and light weight containers for liquids like moisturizers.

TIP! Try asking to go to an out-of-service room if your chosen hotel is booked. When a room has problems that need to be fixed, the hotel will take it off of their room rotation.

The fact is that most vacation horror stories you hear about are caused by inadequate planning. If you follow the tips given in this article, you should be able to plan a better vacation.

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